Day 2 of free agency in the NHL wasn’t nearly as wild as the first day, but there were still a few deals to be made. Another member of the Avalanche team from last season is heading East, as Evan Rodrigues landed in Florida.
Meanwhile, the Avalanche re-signed Jack Johnson, and we took a deeper look at that Miles Wood contract.
All that and more in this Monday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
On Monday, I’ll be at development camp, and we’ll also get our first chance to speak to Miles Wood and Jonathan Drouin.
Speaking of Miles Wood, we took a deeper look at the contract he signed Saturday with the Avalanche. It makes sense why they targeted him, but 6 years?
With a need for another defenseman, the Avalanche brought back Jack Johnson for league minimum. Do they still need another defenseman?
Erik Johnson said his final goodbyes to the organization and fans in a nice message on social media.
Taking a look back at day 1 of NHL free agency, including the best and worst contracts handed out.
NHL Free Agency, Day 2
And another one heads East. Evan Rodrigues has signed with the Florida Panthers, and based off the grade they gave the signing, people are happy.
Some of the other big deals made on Sunday included Toronto handing out 1-year contracts to both Tyler Bertuzzi and Max Domi. The only problem? Even with LTIR, they are well over the salary cap, and they still have to sign their starting goaltender. So who’s leaving town?
There are still good players left out there. Patrick Kane’s destination is a mystery, as is Vlad Tarasenko’s. Denis Gurianov is an interesting name, and why do I get the feeling Colorado has sniffed around him as well?
National Hockey Now
Pittsburgh: Are the Penguins better now than they were a week ago?
Boston: GM Don Sweeney is frustrated about the rumors around some of his players.
Calgary: It’s possible they still move Noah Hanifin, but he won’t come cheap for any team looking to acquire him.
Montreal: Looking for any talent they can find, the Canadiens are bringing in a former high draft pick.
Los Angeles: After the Dubois trade, the Kings will need to replace some players internally. Who will step up?
Nashville: Barry Trotz wants to win, and surround his young players with good veterans who can help them develop.
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